North Fort Smith to undergo study on micro-freight hubs, new business

A six-month feasibility study in the north part of Fort Smith will bring micro-freight hubs and new business models to the city.

Microhubs provide a centralized pick-up and drop-off location for goods and services that can be used by retailers, consumers and various delivery providers, said Reese Brewer, director for Frontier Metropolitan Planning Organization Fort Smith.

The Western Arkansas Planning and Development District and transportation planning division of Frontier Metropolitan Planning Organization in Fort Smith were selected by the University of Washington Urban Freight Lab to undertake a feasibility study to examine micro-freight hubs and possible business models in north Fort Smith. 

Brewer was inspired to apply for the grant in order to address some of the inequalities faced by members of the community through change.

“As a member of the Transportation Research Board (National Academies of Science) Freight Transportation and Planning committee (AT015), I believed that historically marginalized neighborhoods are often seen as an ongoing challenge rather than for their potential transformation,” Brewer noted.

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